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Join the The Geer DNA Project


Geer, Gear, Gere, Gier, Geere, Geear, Geare, Gears, Geers, Gaer, Gayer, Gayre, DeGeer (etc.)

Surnames in this Project: Our project is open to any male of  the GEER (Gear, Geere, Gere, etc.) surname or to any man believing that he is descended from a variant of the GEER surname. Participants are sought from the United States, Great Britian, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and wherever the Geer Surname may be found.                            

Project Discussion: The DNA information is to be used in conjunction with historical and traditional genealogical research. While DNA results do not prove a relationship, the results can be quite helpful in guiding additional research. If a DNA profile does not match traditional genealogical data, the accepted hypothesized relationship may be incorrect.  At other times DNA results may point to an unknown adoption in the family, or some other non-paternity event.

Since a Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname, and females (a) don't carry their father's Y-DNA, and (b) acquire a new surname by the way of marriage, in order to be relevant to the Surname Project, the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's father's father's...). The test to be ordered is either the Y-DNA37, Y-DNA25 or Y-DNA12, and females should look for a brother or cousin with that surname to be tested.

Females can also order a test for themselves, which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus, but the results of their test cannot be tied to the Surname Project.

Click here to place an order for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA

What are the specifics?

  • The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the World's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects.  The cost per participant is dependent on the number of markers tested, but all tests include an estimate of the Haplogroup (an indication of deep ancestry).  We personally recommend the largest number of markers that you can afford.   We expect that most serious researchers will eventually upgrade to 37 or 67 markers - if they don't start there.   Either the 25 or 37 marker test can be useful in identifying other families that share a common ancestor.   It is highly likely that a 12 marker test will ultimately require an upgrade.  We recommend the 12 marker test only for those folks who are sponsoring other families in search of a match to their own family or those who cannot afford a 25 marker test. 

    • 67 marker test $239

    • 37 marker test $149

    • 25 marker test is $124

    • 12 marker screening test is $99

  • The test is a simple cheek swab.  The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail.  You simply rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, and put it in the mail.
  • If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the Project Administrators listed below and submit your pedigree.

    • Click here to go to the WFN Forum and provide your Pedigree Info for the Patriarch Page 

What do I do if I have questions?  Please read the Freq Asked Questions at World Families Network first.  If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators listed below.

 

Geer DNA PROJECT SUMMARY

There are several ways to join the GEER DNA Project:

  • If you have not been DNA tested yet:
    • Ordering a test through the project will automatically make you a member of the project,
    • and tests at Family Tree DNA cost $50 to $80 less when you order them through a surname project.
      Click here to place an order through the project for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA
  • If you have already been tested at Family Tree DNA:
    • FTDNA makes it easy for you to join the project (there is no charge to join):
      • Go to Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/ and sign in using the kit number and password that they gave you.
      • In your FTDNA personal page is a blue button labeled "join". Click on that button.
      • Select the surname of the project you wish to join.
      • Then select a second gray join button which is lower on the page.
      • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
      • Or, you can email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project: http://www.familytreedna.com/contact.html
  • If you were tested at the National Geographic Genographic Project (NGGP):
    • You can transfer yourself, your results and your retained sample to Family Tree DNA.
    • Go to your National Geographic Genographic Project page.
      • Log in using your kit number.
      • On the next page, click on "I acknowledge".
      • On the next page, scroll all the way down to the bottom.  You will see "learn more" in small blue letters near the bottom of the page.  Click on it.
      • Check "I agree".
      • Fill out the FTDNA form "Adding Your Record to FTDNA" and click "Continue"
      • You should be able to finish it from there.
      • Once you have been transferred into FamilyTreeDNA, you will be given access to a "personal page". 
        • In your FTDNA page is a blue button labeled "join".
        • Click on that button, then select the surname, then select a second gray join button which is lower on the page.
        • Or, you can call or email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project (713) 868-1438 or http://www.familytreedna.com/contact.html
        • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
  • If you were tested at another company:
    • It is up to the Project Administrator to decide whether to add your results to the project's Results Page.
    • For the project that are administered by World Families, we are happy to post your results on the project's Results Page, if you will place the results in a table which we will provide.  We require that you provide your earliest known ancestor.
    • Contact the Project Administrator to find out if your results can be included in the project, and to receive a copy of the table.
    • We encourage you to post your family pedigree on the project's Pedigree Forum for display on the Patriarchs Page.
    • In addition, Family Tree DNA now allows those who have previously tested at another company to retest at FTDNA at a reduced price.  This offer gives you many benefits:
      • Full privileges in your Surname Project
      • Only way to be included in FTDNA’s internal database
      • Facilitates membership in multiple projects (you have direct comparison in each with no additional testing and at no extra charge.)
      • Guaranteed retention of your test sample for 25 years
      • Other Important Features--see our full explanation of retesting at FTDNA here.
      • FTDNA has put their special order page back up. http://www.familytreedna.com/PDF/PROMO_GAP.pdf
  • If you want to join a Y-Haplogroup Project:
    • In your FTDNA personal page is a blue button labeled "join".
    • Click on that button, then scroll down to the Y-Haplogroups listing.
    • Then, locate and click on the letter of the alphabet for your Y-Haplogroup.
    • Then, select the Y-Haplogroup project which best serves you
    • (Note: you cannot join a Y-Haplogroup project if you have not done a yDNA test.)
  • If you want to join an mtDNA Haplogroup Project:
    • In your FTDNA personal page is a blue button labeled "join".
    • Click on that button, then scroll down to the mt-Haplogroups listing.
    • Then, locate and click on the letter of the alphabet for your mt-Haplogroup.
    • Then, select the mt-Haplogroup project which best serves you
    • (Note: you cannot join an mt-Haplogroup project if you have not done a mtDNA test.)
  • If you want to join a Geographic Project:
    • In your FTDNA personal page is a blue button labeled "join". Click on that button, then scroll down to the Geographic Project listings. Note - some Geographic projects are for both yDNA and mtDNA, while others are for only yDNA or only for mtDNA. Also - the Ethnic projects are included in the Geographic Projects categories.
    • Then, locate and click on the letter of the alphabet for your desired Geographic Project.
    • Then, select the project which best serves you.
  • If you've been tested at FTDNA and want to join the National Geographic Genographic Project:
    • Go to your FTDNA Personal page (or go to Family Tree DNA and then enter your kit number and password)
    • Open "Genographic Project"
    • Click "I agree" and then "Continue"
    • Confirm your personal details and submit your request by clicking "continue"
  • If you want to join more than one project:
    • FTDNA allows each participant to belong to as many as five projects:
      • 2 surname projects
      • 1 geographic project
      • 1 y-haplogroupi project (if you have been yDNA tested)
      • 1 mt-haplogroup (if you have been mtDNA tested)
  • Which Surname (yDNA) Test?
    • With FTDNA's current pricing, the 37 marker test for $149 (plus $4-$6 for s/h) is an excellent choice.
    • If you are trying to match to a different surname without a paper trail - 37 markers is the minimum.   67 will be helpful in most cases.  (you'll save time if you order the 67 markers all at once)
    • If you know the surname you should match, you may get by with 25 markers, but many folks will need 37 or even 67 to get clear insight.
    • If you are only interested in your "deep ancestry" (haplotype) or in proving that you don't share a common ancestor with a specific family, 12 markers will be adequate.   12 markers are usually sufficient to confirm solid paper trails.  (for any other research application - 12 markers is almost never enough)
    • If you are serious about your genealogy - you'll probably end up with at least 67 markers.
    • If you order the 12 or 25 marker tests, you'll pay less initially, but the cost of the upgrades make the 37 marker test an overall more cost effective choice.
  • DNA Test Prices at FTDNA:
    • 67 marker test $239
    • 37 marker test $149
    • 25 marker test is $124
    • 12 marker screening test is $99
    • Add $4 for US postage or $6 for international postage
      Upgrades from one test to the next are $49.  (except - 37 to 67 is a two step  increase and is $99)   You can go in steps, upgrading a bit at a time - or buy the markers all at once.

 Click here to place an order through the project for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA

  • What are the specifics?

The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the World's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects.  All tests include an estimate of the "Haplogroup" (an indication of deep ancestry).

We personally recommend the largest number of markers that you can afford.   We expect that most serious researchers will eventually upgrade to 37 or 67 markers - if they don't start there.

The test is a simple cheek swab.  The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail.  You simply follow the instructions.  (You'll rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, sign the release and put the completed sample in the mail. )

  • What do I do if I have questions?

1.      Please read DNA Testing the Smart Way at World Families Network.

2.      Please read the Freq Asked Questions at World Families Network.


If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators


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